Wilburton

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In coming years, the Wilburton area will witness the arrival of several major infrastructure improvements. The Eastside Rail Corridor will open to bicyclists and pedestrians, creating a separate-from-traffic bike and pedestrian connection from Woodinville to Renton. In 2023, East Link, the region's second light rail line, will open to its first riders, providing frequent and reliable service from Wilburton to Seattle's Capitol Hill in just 29 minutes.

In order to take better advantage of these investments, the City of Bellevue is considering planning and land use code updates in the Wilburton area to improve amenities, incentivize transit- and trail-oriented development, and establish a unique identity for the area.

Goals

The city will consider and adopt changes to the zoning map, zoning code, Comprehensive Plan and land use code to facilitate redevelopment in the Wilburton study area. Staff anticipates adoption by the City Council in 2019/2020.

Opportunities to Engage

Pending direction from the City Council, we anticipate additional engagement opportunities starting in mid to late 2019 as staff works to implement land use code updates envisioned by the plan.

Citizen Advisory Committee Vision Report

The Wilburton Commercial Area visioning process has been guided by a Council-appointed citizen advisory committee (CAC). The committee was charged with studying the land use, transportation and urban design elements for the study area. On July 2, 2018, the CAC transmitted their final report with corrections to the City Council. It includes a series of recommendations for council consideration. Staff is planning to return to the council in the fall of 2018 for formal direction on next steps.

CAC Meeting Schedule

Date and Time Topics Discussed

Materials

1/5/2017 Project context Materials and Agenda,
Briefing Book, Presentation, Meeting Minutes
2/2/2017 Context and opportunities
Materials and Agenda, Presentation, Meeting Minutes
3/2/2017 Character, height and density Materials and Agenda, Presentation, Meeting Minutes
4/6/2017 Height and density Materials and Agenda, Meeting Presentation, Etsekson Presentation, Woosley Presentation, Finkbeiner Presentation, Eastridge Presentation, KG Investment Presentation, Meeting Minutes
5/4/2017 Height and density Materials and Agenda, Meeting Presentation, Meeting Minutes
6/1/2017 Height and density, transportation Materials and Agenda, Meeting Presentation, Meeting Minutes
7/6/2017 Performance measures, block permeability Materials and Agenda, Meeting Presentation, Meeting Minutes
9/7/2017
Affordable housing, design, character Materials and Agenda, Meeting Presentation, Meeting Minutes
10/5/2017
Affordable housing, visioning Materials and Agenda, Meeting Presentation
11/2/2017
Economic development, building form, design Materials and Agenda, Meeting Presentation
12/7/2017
Design vision statements, affordable housing Materials and Agenda
2/1/2018
Affordable housing principles, design principles Materials and Agenda, Meeting Presentation
3/1/2018
Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) Materials and Agenda
4/5/2018 Transmittal of Recommendations Materials and Agenda, Meeting Minutes

The Wilburton project is currently in the Planning stage. We anticipate Council adoption in 2019/2020.

Project Phase Approximate Date
Scoping Before 2017
Visioning Spring - Fall 2017
Feasibility Studies Summer 2017 - Winter 2018
Planning 2018 - 2019
Land Use Code 2019 - 2020
Monitoring & Control Ongoing after Adoption